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Diwali At Home

Ever since I was a little girl Diwali meaning the “Festival of Lights” is one of my favorite Indian holidays to celebrate. Here’s a short version about Diwali and why we acknowledge this holiday. This day is marked to honor Lord Rama’s (also Mother Sita’s) return to the kingdom called Ayodhya. After being in 14 years of exile and he defeated Ravana (demon king). People in the village welcomed them by lighting diyas (little clay pots) across Ayodhya. The villagers prepared a feast and they shared sweets with every household. Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

At my home usually one week before Diwali my family would start fasting and clean up the house. While doing this it helps to purify your mind and your own self. We also believe on the day of Diwali Mother Lakshmi (Goddess of Light and Prosperity) comes for a visit to bless the homes. This is also the time to plan our Diwali menu and start gathering ingredients. I didn’t get the chance to make all the Indian sweets, but I did make Gulab Jamun (Indian mini doughnuts soaked in sugar syrup). Also one of the easiest trini appetizers to fry is Baiganee (trini-style eggplant fritters).

In my next post (Diwali Pt 2) I will have the steps of how I made the Gulab Jamun (including a little video). The Baiganee recipe would be in another post as well (Diwali Pt 3). I will be keeping you guys posted! Those who celebrated Diwali I wish you all the best in this upcoming year.

Namaste Trini

Hey Everyone, this past two weeks I’ve been working on some changes in my food blog and on social media. This image turned out to be exactly what I wanted to have and I’m glad it worked out. Also, I’ve been spending some time in the garden planting beautiful flowers and vegetables. Definitely planting some hot peppers, because I do like a little kick in the indian food…lol. I also have some young strawberries growing in my backyard. Can’t wait to share with you guys! Follow me on social media:

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Southern Belle with Caribbean Roots!

A Taste of My Culture

I would like to take your taste buds on a journey with me throughout my blog posts in the future. This journey started between 1845-1917 when British Colonialists visited India and had promised better job opportunities for the Indians. About over 140,000 Indians came to the island of Trinidad bringing a whole new culture. When the Indians arrived in Trinidad they worked in the sugarcane fields as a way to survive. Being that they settled in Trinidad the spices were created differently. The Trinidad curry has more of a Caribbean style. Which consists of other spices that include coriander, turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek. Trinidad curry spice is used in a variety of West Indian dishes like meats, vegetables, and seafood. When using this spice it comes with a bursting of flavors in a unique way. The authentic Indian food has more aromatic spices such as tikka and tandoori masalas. Also, when the spices were substituted from traditional spices gradually the cooking techniques have changed.

For me, I enjoy both West Indian and authentic Indian cuisines. In the future of my blog I will include recipes that I grew up eating. I love both cooking styles and the food is amazingly delicious! Best part about my culture is knowing two cuisines.

Trinidad and India